Throwback Thursday: The Autographic Kodak Camera

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Once upon a time, before cameras had automatic timestamps and before people scribbled notes on instant film, Eastman Kodak offered an autographic system for roll film that allowed the photographer to add written information.

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This system, which was launched in 1914 and discontinued in 1932, was patented by Henry Jacques Gaisman (the same man who invented the safety razor) and to which the rights were purchased by George Eastman for USD 300,000.

“It’s all very simple. Open the door in the back of [your] Kodak, write the desired data on the red paper with pencil or stylus, expose for a second or so, close the door. When the film is developed, the records will appear on the intersections between the films.”

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One Comment

  1. diomaxwelle
    diomaxwelle ·

    I have one of these! It was a gift from a friend, and I love it (wish I could get it functional but its still a lovely piece :3).

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